Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Best Use Of For Sale Sign. Ever.

This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite real estate pictures. According to my friend Sean, who sent me this picture via Facebook, this picture was taken in the Park Cities this week. So, is the house for sale or the car? I'm confused.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Proof That Pictures Can Make All The Difference

I recently listed this property at 1600 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. The "Before" pictures were taken by the Realtor that previously listed the property. The "After" photos were taken by yours truly. As you can see, great photos can turn a property from "blah" to "Wow!". Some agents simply don't take the time to snap good photos. Something I've never really understood.

It's also important to note that this home was vacant so I had the property staged. Staging is an absolute MUST in today's real estate market. However, I'm not so sure about staging a property with pets....but furniture is a definite must have. Props to Kira Sauer of Bliss by Kira for doing a great job staging this wonderful home!

Bad Real Estate Photos: Not Just For "Cheap Homes"

Lately I've been working with a large number of buyers. This translates into hours upon hours of looking through hundreds of homes - and their photos. Now, we all know there are tons of bad real estate photos out there. But what I don't understand is why sellers put up with them? Surely the owners of these homes realize the photos their agent took are terrible. One would also think bad photos simply won't be acceptable for high-end homes, right? (See the two listings below for the answer.)

I spend several hours taking professional photos of every single one of my listings, regardless of the list price. I even have special computer software that I use to process the photos and touch them up as needed. I do this because I understand the power photos have when attracting potential buyers. Yet for some reason there are still agents out there - and their sellers - who don't seem to get this. Here are some examples. Enjoy!

Loving the Casa Magnetica angle.

Kitchen is "light and bright."

More beautiful side yard. Comes complete with water hose.

We're uncertain what this photo is supposed to show us.

BAD REAL ESTATE PHOTOS BONUS: 4223 Bordeaux - $7,450,000

You would think a $7,450,000 home would have a little more, I don't know, pizazz! in the photos. Someone PLEASE help me understand how this is acceptable.